ACC Co-Hosts ASLFest March 1-3

The Austin Community College District is partnering with Gallaudet University Regional Center Southwest at ACC and the Texas School for the Deaf to host the region’s first “ASLFest.” The event runs March 1-3, with performances by Deaf artists as well as workshops that provide resources and information for Deaf residents and the community. Activities take place at Riverside Campus, home of Gallaudet’s Regional Center Southwest (1020 Grove Blvd.), and the Texas School for the Deaf (1102 South Congress Ave.).

“Austin’s Deaf culture is growing rapidly, and this is an opportunity to highlight information, resources, and entertainment for the Deaf and hard of hearing population as well as for the community at large,” says Arlene Gunderson, director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center Southwest. “This will be a fun and educational event, and we look forward to continuing the tradition in the future.”

The festival kicks off Thursday, March 1, with Student Day at the Texas School for the Deaf (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The interactive sessions are for Deaf, hard of hearing, and American Sign Language (ASL) students from across Central Texas.

The festival continues 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Riverside Campus. Lunch will be provided by a bistro run by a Deaf chef and Deaf owner, and activities include entertainment and workshops by:

  • Dr. Lynn Jacobwitz, ASL education professional and comedian
  • Sean Forbes, a prominent Deaf rapper
  • Matt Daigle, Deaf cartoonist
  • Philip Bravin, Dr. Z from ZVRS, an expert on video relay services
  • Dr. Raychelle Harris, coordinator of Masters in Sign Language Teaching at Gallaudet
  • Brenda Schertz, curator of a gallery for Deaf artists

Community Day is Saturday, March 3, at the Texas School for the Deaf. The event will feature food, vendor booths, arts and crafts, and performances (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Explore workshops and activities and get additional information on the event webpage. Online registration is required for some events and recommended for all.

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